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Re: In the News
« Reply #660 on: November 24, 2019, 11:34:18 AM »

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Re: In the News
« Reply #661 on: December 22, 2019, 09:00:13 PM »
Australia is a little bit very much on fire :( Hope all our Australians are OK - I don't think any of them live in those parts. It's very grim both for humans and wildlife anyhow.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #662 on: February 07, 2020, 05:36:30 PM »
In which it turns out that hunting some of our favourite scaly mammals to extinction may have come with a sting in the tail:

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Pangolins are possible coronavirus hosts, Chinese scientists say
By Caitlin O'Kane
February 7, 2020 / 11:27 AM / CBS News


Pangolins are possible hosts of coronavirus, a study led by South China Agricultural University has found.

Experts believe the outbreak originated at wild animal markets in Wuhan, China. After analyzing more than 1,000 samples, scientists found that the genome sequence of the virus in pangolins was 99% identical to that from infected people. That means pangolins are the most likely intermediate host of coronavirus, Liu Yahong, president of the university, said, according to state media.

Pangolins, which look like scaly anteaters, are considered a delicacy in China and other countries, and  pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine.

Rest of article: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pangolin-coronavirus-scale-anteater-possible-host-of-virus-chinese-scientists-say/

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Re: In the News
« Reply #663 on: February 19, 2020, 07:20:49 AM »
More where that came from if the bastards don't stop with the poaching  >:(
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Re: In the News
« Reply #664 on: February 24, 2020, 05:35:11 PM »
In A++ grade political trolling, Pirate Party politicians running Prague have renamed a square after murdered Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov.

The kicker? It's the square where the Russian embassy is, making it now part of the embassy's official address :)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51614958
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Re: In the News
« Reply #665 on: March 12, 2020, 08:03:12 AM »
Do you mean... China? Or the specific place it started? I'm not sure if anyone has 100% verified the latter.

Should we have nuked the US for swine flu?
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« Reply #666 on: March 12, 2020, 09:42:04 AM »
Yes, I think they never perfectly confirmed it and also now it's made the jump to humans, from a risk perspective what happens with the source is a bit negligible - in most of the world the big danger is human to human contact and transmission. I agree the source needs tackling, but it's spreading so fast between humans now that people are thinking of source dealing as China's problem not theirs.
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